Birthday bash wrap up.

On 10 November, 1775 the Second Continental Congress resolved,

“That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant-Colonels, two Majors, and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of Privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalion of Marines.”

On 10 November, 2010 this is how FAST Company chose to celebrate this most auspicious occasion:

Stretcher relay.
Ammo can lunges.
Tire flip relay.
War face contest!
Burpee broad jumps.
Burpee broad jump barfing.
Feed us cake!
This is cake.
This is cheating.

Insert lip smacking sound effects here.

America’s 1stSgt

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  1. You people are weird, none of that looked like celebrating to me. Except the cake bit.

    Also, Happy Thanksgiving for yesterday! (or Happy Thursday, as we call it in GB)

  2. I was right there with you until the barfing. That didn’t look quite so fun. However, you made up for it well with cake and cheating. Thanks for sharing, A1S.

  3. Magoo, your people are the original soccer hooligans yet you label us weird? Were there not enough burning buildings for a proper celebration?

    Sarge, thanks! The event turned out a lot better than I even thought it would.

    Jenny, the barfing was fun for everybody else. Get with the program.

    Red, frankly, it is more fun. But we do balls too. This year FAST didn’t do one but we did attend the ball put on by the detachment at the embassy.

  4. Nice celebrations!
    Stretcher relay
    Ammo can lunges
    Tire flip relay
    War face Contest
    Burpee broad jumps
    Sounds like a nice program.
    Btw: I wouldn’t call it “barfing” …
    “cake storage free-up” sounds sooo much better! 😀

  5. Roger that. I have realized my conditioning is incomplete. Though I have been conditioned to laugh when someone gets hurt, apparently I need to work on the laughing at barfing. I’ll work on that and be better prepared next time, A1S.

  6. I only have one rule about barfing…don’t do it in the truck. Otherwise, whatever turns your crank. Since it didn’t look like any trucks were being violated, all is good.
    PS I had to read the part about “we do balls too” twice… I need to drag my mind out of the gutter.

  7. America’s 1stSgt, I thought you’d be interested to know that my son (Kilo 3/3) spent the Corps Birthday at Checkpoint Wrightsman, Nawa, Helmand, AF. He was proud that his Kbar was used to cut the cake. Afterward his squad went back on patrol.

  8. Levant, can’t have enough space for birthday cake. Ever.

    Magoo, I suppose equating pointless violence to what we were doing is a bit of a stretch.

    Cleve, the oldest Marine was a retired SgtMaj who works upstairs from us.

    Jenny, barfing just means you have put out 110% effort. No shame there. We’re still going to laugh though.

    Leslie, at least there is a lot of company in the gutter. 🙂

    Dave, nice! Kilo used a k-bar to cut the cake back in 2007 too.

    Kanani, I have to consider the lowest common denominator here.

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